Latticed Learning: Week 20

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Welcome back to another installment of Latticed Learning!  Today I'll be sharing the twentieth week of our journey with you.  You'll get a chance to see what we did, the resources we used (click here to see what we're using week after week), and hopefully come away with lots of fun ideas for things to do with your own little one!

Bible Lesson

Daniel in the lion's den (pages 251-256 in this Bible and 171-177 in this one)

Memory Verse

Psalm 119:105 - This is the twentieth song on this album, which I've raved about before.  I also created this card:

We post it on the fridge (and then add it to a mini photo album from the local dollar store when we take it down).  I'm always amazed how quickly Gv can say her verse - minus the reference - each week!

You can download your own copy of this card for free here!  

Want the whole set right now?  Get them here.


Thérèse (I know nothing about the lives of the saints, but when I saw these cuter-than-cute cards, I decided they gave me the perfect excuse to learn!  They're honestly more for me than Gv at this point, although she can put the name to the card after having it up on the fridge and talking about it all week.)


(Print out your free "T" phonics card here!)

Topic to Explore



Rectangle (I'm kind of going in order of vertices/sides and each one will last for several weeks.)


19 (Like I said in this post about the alphabet, we'll talk about all (well, maybe not all) the numbers every week, but I'm choosing one to focus on each week and you'll see some repetition as time goes on with a few of them.)

Best Books We Read This Week

Katy and the Big Snow (along with Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel) were two of my favorite books as a child.  Gv really enjoyed examining all the details in the frames of so many of the pages.  Plus, we even found a fun science activity to go along with it!

We have (and read) about five different copies of The Little Engine That Could, but it never gets old!


My Truck is Stuck - this book was a load of fun (we loved watching the bones diminish as we turned the pages) and its repetition meant that Gv was able to "read" it all by herself after just once with me!  (Hooray - a book I don't have to read fifty bazillion times, because she can just deal with it independently!)


I Stink! - although I don't particularly care for this one myself, Gv loves it and spent time every day flipping through it and begging me to "read it again!"  I just don't like the flow of the text, although I will concede that it's pretty engaging for little ears to listen to.

I think the real reason she loved it so much is because the three of us were especially gassy this week {grin} due to an overabundance of eggplant from our produce stand...


Scuffy the Tugboat - the ancient copy that was mine as a child was just as great now as it was then!


Other Great Books We Read

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Fire Engines

Flashing Fire Engines

All Aboard! A True Train Story (especially cool because I rode this actual train during one of my summers training in CO)

Roaring Rockets

Airplane Flight!

Mighty Movers - Diggers & Dumpers & Emergency!

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z

Sheep in a Jeep

Little Blue Truck

Songs We Played By

I went through all the children's songs on my iPod and created a playlist just for this week.  Here are some of the best selections from our list:

Your Word is a Lamp from this album helped Gv learn our memory verse

Catch That Train and Meeting in the Station from the album I shared here

The Airplane Song from this great album had Gv taking flight in a corner of the kitchen each time it came on

Track 2 on this album gets awfully old (to me & G, not Gv), but I do like how active she is when she sings it

And so many more, but I'll let you search through your own music collection to see what types of songs you can add to your own playlist.

Videos We Explored

This video fit perfectly with our Bible lesson.

Gv did "T" things on this site.

We watched this clip and a few of the others for the letter "T."

We still have no tv, but this movie would have matched up with this week's theme wonderfully.

This was a fun video that let you guess what vehicle was making the sound, then showed you the answer

How We Played

We did a few things to learn more about Daniel in the lion's den:

We first cut out this cute mini book to add to Gv's dollar store photo album full of Bible stories. 

We made this adorable lion out of hearts (perfect, since we were gearing up for Valentine's Day):

(I did the cutting, she did the gluing) - Use the old fold-paper-in-half-and-cut-half-a-heart trick - for all 3 hearts.  Then add googly eyes to make it extra exciting.

This paper plate lion mask was fun for Gv to create.  I didn't even get a chance to do it with her (I'd planned to talk about patterns while we glued down the paper strips) because she discovered the supplies (cut-out plate, craft stick and paper strips) on the table and just made it herself. 

ROAR!  (Cutest little lion I ever did see!)

We created our own little lion's den tableau inspired by this cute cupcake-liner idea.  Of course, Gv had to add in googly eyes, and then she demanded that we include an angel, which made perfect sense!

The gunk in the lower right-hand corner is what happens if your child has decided to glue other projects together on top of those already sitting out to dry...

We made a little lion out of a plastic spoon and tissue paper (just spread glue all over the inside of the spoon and then your little one can add the paper mane):

This was Lion Spoon, Version 2.0.  Version one somehow ended up on the floor, where Bigfoot demolished it...

Finally, we created our own version of this idea, with the addition of googly eyes, of course:

We also did several things (besides reading books) to correspond to our transportation topic:

We brought out every vehicle Gv owned and played with those all week:

Our neighborhood road map from week 17 came in quite handy for all this vehicular play!

Then we made these fun little fingerprint vehicles.  Even though I had to drawn in all the details, Gv really got into sticking her finger on the stamp pads and then leaving fingerprints all over the paper.  She hung it up in her usual spot above the fireplace and spent time examining it, all week long:

I printed out the black & white helicopter dice game from this site and then we made up our own game rules to go with it.  Basically, we just each took a different marker color and then took turns coloring in a square, depending on what our die roll turned out to be.  If we rolled a number that didn't have a square left to color, the other person just got to take a turn.

I wasn't sure how well this would play out with Gv, but she caught on to the counting-dots thing right away and was completely able to play it without my help.  The only thing that tripped her up was not being able to find the number "4" when she rolled it, since the fours were written differently than she'd been used to.  No problem, I just wrote them both ways and explained that the number could be written either way, just like the lowercase letter "A," which we've talked about in the past.  So, bonus lesson within the planned one!

I came across this fun science activity that went along with the book that we were already reading.  It was pretty low-stress for something science-y and Gv ended up playing with it all for quite a while after we'd checked things out together.

Uh, how am I supposed to pick up the ice with this string?

Ooohhh, magic!

I loved this idea, so drew a little car and track with permanent marker and let Gv have a go.  She definitely had fun with it, but not so much that I'd create some of the other match-up ideas Lalymom had that were similar.

I printed page 5 of this pack and then Gv cut and glued everything to sort it all out.  

I printed out pages 5 and 17 of this pack.  For page 5, Gv cut out all the modes of transportation, then glued them on the appropriate piece of construction paper (Sky, Land & Water - although I wish I'd made that one "Sea"):

We played the game for page 17.  I just held my pen point over a paper clip in the center of the spinner and then we'd take turns coloring in the squares on the graph.  At the end, she counted up the totals and I wrote them in:

Can you tell at what point Gv got tired of coloring in the squares herself, and just asked me to do it?

We taped markers to the backs of three die cast cars so Gv could create her own version of this:

Ready for the Louvre!

And finally, I reduced (to save paper) and printed out these coloring pages, just so Gv could flip through all the various vehicles.  She still wasn't in the mood to do much coloring this week, but totally enjoyed cutting them all out.

And, as a bonus, since Valentine's Day was coming up, we made some of these cute crafts.

and I got all fancy with the crackers and actually cut them out:

Another new cracker recipe (post to come soon!), but you can make these in the meantime

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